Cite Soleil, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is densely populated and rife with crime. Recognised by the United Nations as a Red Zone (a region that poses high security concerns to UN staff), the community developed as a shanty town and has bloomed in population although there are no official statistics on current residents. Despite being one of the largest settlements of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere, it took approximately two weeks for aid to reach Cite Soleil following the devastation of the 2010 earthquake.
As part of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, Morad Fareed of real estate developers Delos and Boby Duval from L’Athletique D’Haiti (LADH), a charitable youth development programme, formed an ongoing partnership in new organisation Project Phoenix. The aim of Project Phoenix was to create a fantastic new soccer stadium in Cite Soleil which would not only generate interest and philanthropic investment for the region but provide much needed guidance for young people.
Renderings of the professional soccer stadium have just been released and demonstrate the high standard of design demanded by the scheme’s leaders. Working in collaboration on the project are architect Carlos Zapata, engineer William Faschan, stadium designer Gordon E. Wood, and landscape architect Charles Anderson. It is estimated that the realisation of this much-needed scheme will cost $5m and donations are currently being sought while the site is prepared by laying down rubble from the 2010 earthquake.
The driving force behind Project Phoenix is to teach the youth of Cite Soleil the discipline of sport and structure of teamwork in a safe, secure environment. Alongside the sports academy, the new complex will provide an elementary and middle school with dormitories, a landscaped edible garden, a modest lake with tilapia fish and a composting and recycling plant.
For Morad Fareed, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Delos, the Wellness Real Estate Company, Project Phoenix is a shining example of how architecture can change lives: “Project Phoenix is the next generation of philanthropy. We are devoted to tangible on-the-ground results for the people of Cite Soleil, Haiti and the Project Phoenix website gives the public a chance to participate in the realisation of that mission.” Click the blue box below to visit the Project Phoenix website.